Miley Cyrus' Homeless Friend Jailed for Six Months
Miley Cyrus' homeless friend has been jailed for six months.
Jesse Helt, who accepted the singer's Video of the Year award at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) in August, was led away in handcuffs by police officers following a court hearing in Oregon today for violating the terms of his probation.
The 22-year-old aspiring model, who turned himself over to police shortly after the star-studded ceremony when it emerged there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest dating back to November 2011, reportedly pleaded with Judge Monte Campbell for leniency and said he would "like to be viewed as a good person, not as a nuisance to society."
Jesse was arrested in 2010 for "criminal mischief," among other misdemeanour charges in his native Dallas, Oregon and was placed on probation after accepting he was at fault.
But he violated his probation in 2011 by failing to meet his probation officer or complete his community service, and also violated it by travelling to California for the VMAs with Miley, where he gave an emotional speech about homeless youth in America.
Following his arrest in August, the 'Wrecking Ball' hitmaker, 21, insisted she was standing by Jesse. She wrote on Twitter: "People who are homeless have lived very hard lives. Jesse included.
I hope that this can be the start of a national conversation about youth homelessness and how to end it."
The duo became friends after meeting at a homeless shelter in Los Angeles.